Cyber Month: Protect your military children online

Do you worry about your child being online? At a time where everything is online, it is no wonder that kids are also online, and not just for social media. Educational classes are also drawing younger students to the web. This means that sometimes your children are online when you aren’t around. Here are some tips for how to help keep your child safe online.

Cybersecurity: A Shared Responsibility

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) and the Coast Guard is joining with the Department of Homeland Security and its partners across the country to highlight the importance of cybersecurity and online safety.

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Bravo zulu, Coast Guard cyber warriors!

Coast Guard All Hands sends out a bravo zulu to the Coast Guard to the 2013 U.S. Coast Guard Information Technology Cyber Security Professionals of the Year! If you followed our cyber security series in October and November, you appreciate the challenges the Coast Guard faces everyday in the cyber environment and the role each of us plays in combatting that threat. This year four cyber security professionals were recognized for their devotion to duty and significant contributions to the information security mission.

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Moving at Internet speed, the highly evolving cyber mission.

America faces a rapidly growing threat from cyber-attacks. Cyber actors are actively targeting our power grid, financial institutions, transportation systems and other portions of the nation’s critical infrastructure and key resources. A successful attack on any of these critical nodes could pose a threat to national security and our national economy. The mission of CGCYBER is to ensure a safe, secure and resilient cyber operating environment that allows for the execution of Coast Guard and marine operations.

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How does Coast Guard Cyber Security keep our everyday systems operating safely?

What is Coast Guard Cyber Security? The purpose of the Coast Guard’s Cyber Security and Information Assurance programs is the protection of all of our IT systems, networks and data from unplanned outages, unauthorized modifications, destruction or access.

Screenshot of U.S. Coast Guard page on Facebook.

What is your social footprint?

How can Coast Guard employees take personal responsibility for connecting safely on the go, while still taking advantage of the convenience of mobile devices? Protect your privacy online with these social media tips …

A smart phone. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

What do you have on your phone?

Almost every one of us has a cell phone, smart phone or other electronic device we carry with us every day. Think about the things that we store on those devices – phone numbers of friends, family and/or co-workers; personal information like passwords; information about our place of work, where we like to eat and what we like to do. We use our smart phones to look up places to go, find our favorite activities and chat with friends and family. If this information gets into the wrong hands criminals can steal our identities, access our personal accounts and even harass us.

A flash media drive. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Flash media – small, but deadly … to computer systems

Malicious viruses can also be spread using flash media devices. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security ran a test in which staffers dropped flash drives in the parking lot of government and contractor buildings. Sixty percent of folks who picked them up simply plugged them into networked computers.